Program Information
October 2013


Air Dates: 3 & 6 | 10 & 13 | 17 & 20 | 24 & 27 | 31 & 11/3
Monthly Program Listing


Episode 2214
Airs 10/3/13 and 10/6/13

Gardeners are as unique as their caretakers. Tammy and Annette learn the inspiration and evolution of a couple of very different gardens, each a reflection of their surroundings. Jeff Poppen explains how hops are grown, and in this instance, harvested for a special run of Bells Bend Preservation Ale. Donna Priester features the Franklin Special School District’s summer MAC program that teaches children about vegetable production.

Jeff’s segment was produced in affiliation with:
Yazoo Brewing Company
910 Division Street, Nashville TN 37203

Donna’s segment was produced in association with the Williamson County Public Health Dept. Public Relations is Cathy Montgomery at 615.465.5350



Episode 2141
Airs 10/10/13 and 10/13/13

We’ll see why raised beds are the preferred set-up for a backyard vegetable grower who could supply enough tomatoes and squash to feed the whole county, according to his wife. Amending the soil, weeding and crop rotation are manageable tasks. We’ll profile some sparkling shade garden selections from Munchkin Nursery. We also get some design inspiration for the display gardens at the 2013 Antiques and Garden show. Sheri Gramer sets the perfect table with a collection of interesting fronds, branches and stems from the garden.

Phillip’s segment was taped at Munchkin Nursery
323 Woodside Drive, N.W. Depauw, IN 47115-9039

Plants featured in segment:
Aralia Cordota ‘Sun King’
Dryopteris filix-mas
Athyrium (lady fern)
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Hayes Starburst’
Actaea ‘Chocoholic’
Dicentra spectablilis ‘Gold Heart’
Astromeria ‘Vinca Ice’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’
Amorphophallus (voodoo lily)

Find Mr. Tate’s recipes for Beet Blackberry Jelly, Yellow Squash jam and Green Tomato and Strawberry Jam by going to Recipes/Condiments



Episode 2142
Airs 10/17/13 and 10/20/13

Andy Sudbrock learns how to have cohesiveness and functionality in a large backyard with good design techniques. Troy Marden is in the workshop of a concrete artisan to learn the process involved for a unique bird bath. Tammy Algood is stirring it up in the kitchen with Mashed Potato Patties.

Troy’s segment was with Sherri Warner Hunter of SWH Art Studio, Inc. Her books include Creating Concrete Ornaments for the Garden and Making Concrete Garden Ornaments. Hunter teaches workshops at her studio in Bell Buckle, TN. Email is or 931.389.9649



Episode 2143
Airs 10/24/13 and 10/27/13

Annette Shrader tours the trails of a mature garden that had its roots planted in the 1930s. First established by a prominent Knoxville businessman, the Ivan Racheff House and Gardens is now enjoyed by many as it was bequeathed to the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs in 1970. Marty DeHart discusses the requirements for a bountiful and healthy peach crop in Tennessee. Troy Marden showcases some cold hardy camellias that will perform well in our climate zone. Jeff Poppen shares advice for beginning vegetable farmers.

Racheff House and Gardens
1943 Tennessee Avenue
Knoxville, TN

Troy’s segment was taped at Moore and Moore Garden Center
8216 Hwy 100
Nashville, TN 37221
Plants featured:
Camellia japonica “Dad’s Pink”, “Lemon Glow”, “Japanese Fantasy”, “April Tryst”, “April Kiss”

Marty’s segment was taped at the Fruit & Berry Patch in Halls Crossroads, TN. The UT Agriculture Extension Agent noted several peach tree varieties for Tennessee: Contender, Carolina Gold, Intrepid, Nectar and China Pearl. Note: Nectar and China Pearl have white flesh. Reliable retail mail order companies mentioned were Millers and Starks.



Episode 2144
Airs 10/31/13 and 11/3/13

On this episode, we’ll show you a way to have home-grown vegetables and herbs despite a lack of good soil or garden space. Straw bale gardening is simply container gardening that allows plants to thrive even while sitting on concrete. Jeff Poppen demonstrates how to double dig a bed for successful root crops. Troy Marden visits his vegetable garden in late spring to check yields. Marty DeHart demonstrates how to stratify seeds for perennial propagation. Julie Berbiglia highlights good vegetables for beginning urban gardeners to try like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, okra. For a step-up, try growing eggplant and strawberries.

Straw Bale Gardening

Keep the straps on the straw bale and they should be wrapping around the sides when you put the bale into place, with cut side of straw facing up. As soon as purchasing the bales, start watering thoroughly and keeping damp. The trick to successful bale gardening is never letting the bale get dry.
Days 1, 3 and 5: Apply 1/2 cup of nitrogen (34-0-0) or ammonium nitrate (46-0-0) and water in thoroughly and keep damp.
Days 2, 4, 6: Just water thoroughly.
Days 7, 8, 9: Apply ¼ cup of nitrogen and water thoroughly.
Day 10: Apply 1 cup of fertilizer. Can use one of the following: general fertilizer (10-10-10) or a covering layer of 2/3 bone meal to 1/3 blood meal, fish meal, a very thick layer of spent coffee grounds, or compost (1” layer of fresh chicken manure for example) for a more organic approach. Also, to balance the growing medium consider adding potassium by sprinkling on a handful of sulphate of potash (potassium sulfate). Water thoroughly through Day 12 and then it should be ready to plant. Confirm this by sticking your hand in the straw. It should not be any warmer than body temperature.

For a different recipe for straw bale gardening, visit here